Art, Architecture and Design
Chairman of Sotheby’s UK James Stourton reveals the splendour of more than 40 of London’s great houses. Stourton ranges from Lambeth Palace, with its origins in the 13th century, through the romantic 17th-century Ashburnham House, the 18th-century palaces of the West End, the arts and crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington, to the modernist houses in Hampstead and Chelsea. Stourton tells the the colourful stories of the architects, owners and occupiers. The houses have witnessed many memorable moments from Cabinet resignations to seductions by Byron.
Stourton’s previous works include Great Collections of Our Time: Art Collecting since 1945 and The British as Collectors: A History of British Art Collecting from the Tudors to the Present.